- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; First Edition edition (24 April 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845136128
- ISBN-13: 978-1845136123
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.8 x 22.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mile by Mile on Britain’s Railways: The LNER, LMS, GWR and Southern Railway in 1947 Hardcover – 24 Apr 2011
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'Fascinating archival document…The bygone era of travel by steam train is brought to life’(Daily Telegraph)
‘This smart book will be of fascination to 21st century eyes. It looks and reads as though it was part of the original 1940s series. Recommended.’(Steam Railway)
‘an entertaining and useful book’(Railways Illustrated)
‘This delightful book will remind today’s traveller of the greatest pleasures that were had in the golden age of rail travel’(Avanti magazine)
About the Author
Little is known about S. N. Pike. He first published his three Mile by Mile guides in 1947. A facsimile edition of the guides was published by Aurum in 2011.
Top Customer Reviews
Pike, in the Author's Note for his third booklet, mentions a forthcoming GWR one covering Paddington to Penzance and Bristol. It was never published but is in the book through the research by Matt Thompson and route maps created by Reg Piggott. Both used rail information from 1947. The maps, being newly created look marvelous and it's a pity that Pike's from decades ago are slightly rough in comparison. Incidentally the page numbers are missing from the LMS booklet (Euston to Liverpool and St Pancras to Manchester, Nottingham and Leeds).
You can still travel, by rail, along the routes in the book but so much has changed since just after the war years, especially the disappearance of so many minor stations. One thing that hasn't are the roads that go under or over the tracks, especially in country areas and these might be the only thing that has remained constant. I recently spent a pleasant hour or so following the route from Waterloo to Southampton on Southern using the maps in the book and the 'AA Close-up Britain atlas'.
'Mile by mile' is the ideal title for the armchair rail fan capturing the feel of the railways when they really meant something to the country.
>>>LOOK AT SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking 'customer images' under the cover.
The SR gets the most coverage, with most of the Western section included. Coverage of the LMS includes Euston-Liverpool, St.Pancras-Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham.
The LNER covers Kings Cross -Edinburgh and The GWR covers Paddington-Bristol and Penzance. Altogether a nice re-package of sought after steam era memorabilia.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I gifted this book to my friend after some confusion over the product I had purchased and he loves it! Read morePublished 16 months ago by K. MCALISTER
This book has given hours of pleasure as, armed with a map, I have travelled miles of 'old' railway lines.Published 19 months ago by Penny
This looks good but is a present for my dad so he will comment further - but I think he will enjoy it.Published 20 months ago by Annie
A good but limited picture in time, pity some of the lesser lines are not coveredPublished 20 months ago by A. J. Jordan
Birthday present for Father in law - very good and was much appreciatedPublished 21 months ago by Sherrill Speake